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Transfer Photos From Your iPhone to Your Computer (and Vice Versa) Without Wasting Time

Before we begin, a quick note: If you have a Windows PC or tablet and an iPhone, you can use Apple’s iCloud for Windows App to sync photos from your computer to your iPhone. You can find that app here.

This is for Mac users only—and yes, there are ways to get iCloud photos onto your iPhone without using Apple’s official app (see the section on third-party apps). But if you want to do this in the most straightforward way possible or don’t mind using Apple’s software, then read on!

Download the Photos App from the Windows Store

The next step is downloading the Photos app from the Microsoft Store. The app will take a few minutes to download and install itself onto your computer—but once it’s finished, click ‘Launch’ to get started! It should be listed under the “photography” section, and you can find it by clicking on that header. Once you’ve done that, click on “Get.”

Plug your Phone into Your Computer with a USB Cable (and Unlock it)

  • Unlock your phone. You’ll probably want to do this before you plug it into your computer so that the iTunes app doesn’t prompt you with some kind of error message like “The iPhone failed to start.”
  • Plug the USB cable into both ends, then plug one end into your computer and connect it to your iPhone (this should automatically launch iTunes).
  • While iTunes imports photos from your camera roll and iCloud photo library (if you’re connected), wait for a moment. Once that’s done, look for an “Import Photos” button on the top left side of the window — click it!

Choose How to Transfer Photos and Videos.

Transfer Photos From Your iPhone to Your Computer

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Now that you’re ready to transfer photos and videos, it’s time to select the ones you want. You can either select all of them or just a few. The choice is yours! Here are some ways you can choose your photos:

  • Select all photos and videos: Tap on “Select All.” This will transfer every single Photo and video from your iPhone onto your computer.
  • Select from specific dates: Tap on any date in the list of dates at the top, then tap “Select All.” This will transfer all photos from only those specific days onto your computer—so if there are many days included, this might take a while! This option is helpful if you want just one group of pictures but don’t care about other groups (like photos taken before or after).
  • Select by size: Tap on “Size” next to where it says “Date,” then choose a size range for which files should be transferred (such as “Large”). If there aren’t enough large files in this category yet, nothing will happen because there aren’t enough files that match up with what we asked for; however, when there are more than enough large files available, we’ll see them right away without even having chosen anything else yet!

Look at the Photo You Want to Import into the Photos App

You can see all of your photos in the Photos app by tapping Albums > [Album Name].

You can also view individual pictures by tapping on them on the main screen.

Click More Options (It Looks Like Three Dots) on the Toolbar

Click More options from the Photos app (it looks like three dots) on the Toolbar.

This will open a new menu with several different options to choose from. In this case, you’re looking for Import to let you get photos off your iPhone and onto your computer—and vice versa if you’d like!

Select Import. You’ll see another pop-up window asking where you want to import these photos into. This is where it gets tricky: The default option here is My Pictures, which could lead users to believe that this is where their images are being saved when they import them from their phone or vice versa (even though there’s no way for that data transfer to happen). You have two other choices here: A new folder in your Downloads folder or an existing folder on either your desktop or another drive (like an external hard drive). Select whichever one sounds best, then unplug both devices once everything has finished transferring over successfully!

Get Photos and Videos from Your Phone (New Users)

Use the Photos app to import photos and videos from your iPhone. The app lets you sync your images with iCloud Drive or other cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, and Box.

To get started: Open the Photos app on your iPhone. Tap on Library in the bottom right corner of the screen to open up all of your recent photos and albums. Tap on All at the top left of this screen to view all of your albums at once as a grid of thumbnails; tap Albums at the top left if you prefer seeing them as separate lists of thumbnails instead. Now that you’ve opened up an album containing some pictures or videos (we’ll assume it’s a photo album) tap Select All at the top center so that all items are highlighted; now tap Import All from the upper right corner if you want all items from this album copied into iCloud Drive (or any other service).

Older Versions of Windows Note!

If you have an older version of Windows, like Windows 7 or 8, the Import Photos and Videos wizard may appear at the end of your transfer process. If this happens and you don’t see it (if it just disappears), skip this step. If it does appear to let, you choose whether or not to automatically import photos and videos into your photo library, select the option that says “Import automatically.”

Set Up Automatic Importing on Older Versions of Windows 10

If you’re running a more recent version of Windows 10, setting up automatic importing is simple. Just head to the Settings app and open the “Photos” section. Scroll down until you see “Importing,” then select it. In this section, there are three options for automatically importing photos: “Automatically import photos and videos from cameras,” “Automatically import photos and videos,” or just plain old “Automatically import.”

If you have an older version of Windows 10 (or if your computer isn’t set up with automatic updates), follow these steps:

  • Click Start > Settings > System > Backup & Restore > Back Up Your Files – This will open a new window in which all of your local drives you can back up data onto an external hard drive or another internal hard drive or Solid-State Drive (SSD). It’s worth noting that even if something happens to your computer while using this feature—say, it falls off a desk and cracks its screen—your data will still be safe since it has been copied elsewhere on another storage medium.
  • Click Next after selecting where precisely on your other device(s) these files need backing up too (e..g., Dropbox). Now, wait patiently until all those tedious hours spent organizing photos into folders have paid off!

Choose What Happens When You Connect a Camera or Phone on Older Versions of Windows 10

If you have Windows 10, choose what happens when you connect a camera or phone:

  • Choose if you want your computer to import photos and videos to your library automatically.
  • Choose if you want your computer to automatically delete photos and videos after importing them.
  • Choose if you want the Photos app (or another app) to open when connecting a device.

You Can Easily Transfer Photos from Your iPhone to Your Computer or Vice Versa.

So, you’ve been snapping photos on your iPhone and want to transfer them from the phone to your computer. Or maybe you want to take all of your pictures from that last vacation and transfer them from the computer onto your phone. Either way, it’s super easy!

First, connect your device with iTunes (if it isn’t already connected) by opening iTunes on the computer and plugging in the iPhone via its USB cable. If you are using an older model of Apple devices like the iPod Touch or iPad 2/3/4/Mini 1-4, then no worries—those devices will be recognized as well when they are plugged into a computer with iTunes installed it. There’There’sed for any specific software beyond what comes standard with each individual operating system (Windows 10 Pro or later; macOS Sierra 10.12 or later).

I hope this helps you!

Unyime Anthony is a gaming enthusiast specializing in first-in-class gaming content, including PS4, Xbox, Nintendo, and Movies, to educate and inform readers.